Deliberation and Decision: Economics, Constitutional Theory and Deliberative Democracy

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Deliberation and Decision explores ways of bridging the gap between two rival approaches to theorizing about democratic institutions: constitutional economics on the one hand and deliberative democracy on the other. The two approaches offer very different accounts of the functioning and legitimacy of democratic institutions. Although both highlight the importance of democratic consent, their accounts of such consent could hardly be more different. Constitutional economics models individuals as self-interested rational utility maximizers and uses economic efficiency criteria such as incentive compatibility for evaluating institutions. Deliberative democracy models individuals as communicating subjects capable of engaging in democratic discourse. The two approaches are disjointed not only in terms of their assumptions and methodology but also in terms of the communication - or lack thereof - between their respective communities of researchers. This book provides a comprehensive overview of the recent debate between the two approaches and makes new and original contributions to that debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754623588
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2004
  • Series: Law, Ethics and Economics Series
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Deliberative Institutional Economics, or Does Homo Oeconomicus Argue? A Proposal for Combining New Institutional Economics with Discourse Theory 3
Deliberative Institutional Economics: Mind the Gap! Comment on Anne van Aaken 33
What Do We Learn by Asking Whether Homo Oeconomicus Argues? Comment on Anne van Aaken 42
2 Constitutionalism and its Alternatives 47
2 Democracy, Discourse and Constitutional Economics: Comment on John S. Dryzek 60
Deliberation as a Discursive Feature of Contemporary Theories of Democracy: Comment on John S. Dryzek 72
3 Constitutional Economics in Constitutional Jurisprudence 81
4 A Dilemma for Deliberative Democrats 91
Collective Rationality: A Dilemma for Democrats with a Solution through Deliberation? Comment on Philip Pettit 108
Deliberative Constitutional Economics? Comment on Philip Pettit 113
5 Substantive and Meta-Agreement 119
Economics and the Political Discourse: Comment on Christian List 135
The Importance of Information - Remarks on the Constitutional Economics of Deliberative Theory: Comment on Christian List 139
6 Democracy and Argument: Tracking Truth in Complex Social Decisions 143
Deliberative Democracy and Collective Truth-Tracking: Comment on Luc Bovens and Wlodek Rabinowicz 158
Where Can the Insights from the Condorcet Jury Theorem Be Applied? Comment on Luc Bovens and Wlodek Rabinowicz 163
7 What is Meant by Consent? 169
On the Normative Notion of Consent: Comment on Andreas Suchanek 181
The Morality and Heuristics of Consent: Comment on Andreas Suchanek 187
8 The Consequences of Popular Participation in Constitutional Choice - Towards a Comparative Analysis 199
Is There a Need for a Positive Constitutional Economics? Comment on Stefan Voigt 230
Constitutional Culture and Comparative Analysis: Comment on Stefan Voigt 237
9 Bargaining over Beliefs 241
Final Remarks: Deliberation and Decision - Perspectives and Limitations 261
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